Fred Rainey, age 93, of Elgin, IL made his transition into Heaven on Monday, October 17, 2016. Fred was born to David M. Rainey and Clair Jones on April 14, 1923 in Kansas, Arkansas.

Fred moved to Detroit, Michigan in his early adult life. He was industrious and worked for Chrysler Automotive for many years.

Later, Fred moved to Elgin, Illinois where he married Dorothy B. Rainey on December 14, 1975. They were the first couple married by the late Rev. Brodie Burgess, the Founder of New Hope Baptist Church in Elgin. They were happily married for 34 years until she passed away in 2009.

Fred was employed by Burgess-Norton Manufacturing Company in Geneva, Illinois for 30 years until he retired. He was a member of Logan Street Baptist Church in Batavia, Illinois, where he served as an usher.

Fred and Dorothy joined New Hope Baptist Church in 1988, where he continued to serve as an usher until his wife became ill. He dedicated the later years of his life to caring for his wife. He was a loving and dedicated husband.

Fred also loved gardening and yard work and sharing stories about his life with his New Hope Family.

Fred was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy Rainey.

He leaves to mourn a daughter, Karen Rainey of Chicago, Illinois; two cousins, Ethel Faye Lewis and Maudie Rixey of Toledo, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Naomi Braziel and Tassie Winn of Sacramento, CA; brother-in-law Leonard Redding of Gary, Indiana; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00a.m. until time of service at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St, Elgin, Pastor Barry Jones of New Hope Baptist Church officiating.  Interment to follow at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd, Elgin.  For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit

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